Our blog tour starts today.
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Giveaway ends at midnight EDT (North America)
CANADA DAY 150
I subscribe to Nancy Zieman’s blog (Sewing with Nancy). She just posted about when she did the Perfect T-Shirt show, and what she learned doing the show. I really enjoyed reading her take on it, and thought you might too.
You can read it here.
I’m working on another new pattern. It will all become clear on Sunday.
Do you see my new blog format? I’ve been doing a little work on it in the past week. I’ll share more on that later in the post.
This week I was playing with beads again. It was time for a new Medical ID bracelet for me, and for a friend.
My friend had purchased this bracelet, but as you can see, after wearing it for well over a year, she needed a new one. The coating on the Swarovski pearls had worn off. Now, she wears her bracelet all the time – in the shower, swimming – she doesn’t take it off.
I’ve used Swarovski crystals and pearls in the past and they haven’t done this, but I haven’t put them through all that hard wearing either. I take my bracelet off daily.
The new bracelet I made her is in the above photo as well, but here’s a better photo:
The new bracelet is over the old one. It looks much better. Classic design and lines. It’s lovely. I just might need one too.
While I had all my jewelry-making supplies out, I decided to make myself a bracelet. I love turquoise in the summer but didn’t have a Medical ID bracelet in turquoise. I do now.
The center three stone beads aren’t turquoise, but are the same stones I’d used in some earrings – dyed Imperial Jasper. The bracelet also has some lovely Sterling silver spacer and feature beads. I’ve been happily wearing it all week. My earrings, below, show you my matchy matchy. I made these last year.
Other than playing with beads, I mentioned I’ve been playing with my blog format. Do you like it? I love it too. It looks so clean and crisp.
Sadly it took more time than I would have liked. I’m not the most technical person, but I’m learning! Just to give you an example I took a full day to redirect the traffic from my old blog site to my new one. After spending time researching, trying something, it not working, more research and more tries… well, I found out I couldn’t do it myself. WordPress had to do that. It was so easy after I pushed a button and paid them a very small and very worthwhile fee! Done.
After redirecting, I spent some time taking photos for my background. I’d found a lovely lace background that I would have had to pay a terrible price to use – way more than real lace cost! Hmm, time to get some lace out.
Here are a few of my attempts before I found just what I wanted:
This is a lovely lace, but I wanted more in my background than just lace. The lace background was my original inspiration, but now I wanted more of me in it.
This is my kind of lace. This is so beautiful, but I found the black a bit distracting as a background when I was trying to read the text. As much as I loved it, I thought a little less just might be better for a background.
This one was a lot closer to what I wanted and what I felt represented me. But It wasn’t quite perfect for me yet. For my final background, you can see I kept my pearls and added my thimble. Perfect!
This week I’m participating in a fun blog hop – just in time for Canada Day! For our hop, we’re featuring Canadian pattern designers. How Canadian is that, eh? I’ll be trying a new pattern and new-for-me company. Our blog hop starts today over on Happy Okapi and there is a list of wonderful deals in the post – all to celebrate Canada’s birthday. See below for the complete blog schedule.
Canada Day 2016 Blog Hop Schedule
Be sure to visit each of these brilliant blogs this week for more on our
outstanding Canadian designers and suppliers:
And, of course, to enter our giveaway for some sweet-like-maple-syrup prizes.
June 24: The Tour Starts HERE at Happy Okapi
June 28: Nicky guest posts on Seam of my Pants
June 30: Michelle @ Michelle’s Creations
Canada Day–July 1: Ula @ Lulu & Celeste
July 2: Marsha @ Seam of my Pants
July 3: Keshia @ Sand Dollar Design Studio
July 4: Wrap Up @ Happy Okapi
July 6: Giveaway winners announced
Michelle’s Creations has a new home. Please visit www.michellescreations.ca.
I’ve shared my journey with learning to fit and make alterations for my Omega shape. Just today, Beverly, the Fairy Bra Mother, has written a post dealing with this subject. It’s really informative! Take a look.
You can read it here:
The really exciting news here is there wasn’t just one winner. There were five winners. Five!
We had fun with our Trivia Question. Did you catch that in our tour? The brand that used the advertising slogan, “Only in Canada, you say? Pity!” is Red Rose Tea.
Now for our winners:
- The winner of Prize Pack A is Jayne B. from Canada, who correctly answered the trivia question.
- The winner of Prize Pack B is Di S. from the UK, who correctly answered the trivia question
- The winner of Prize Pack C is Karen P. from Canada, who correctly answered the trivia question
- The winner of Prize Pack D is Beverley P. of Australia, who followed Janelle on Instagram
- Craftsy Rowan 3/4 Tote Kit*: Winner will be chosen and notified by Craftsy directly.
We all have plans and we all have schedules. Mine changed suddenly last week, and my husband and I found ourselves flying to Ontario, Canada with only a day and a half notice. I knew right away though, there was no way I was going to be within hours of Bra Makers Supply and not go there. I started to make new plans right away.
So here’s a little post about my trip to Bra Makers Supply. I was so excited to go, and to meet everyone. However, I arrived the same morning everyone was leaving for the Bra Makers Cruise. That was a small wrench in my plans, but I did get to meet Beverly and some of the staff. It all worked out great.
Beverly is as wonderful as you think she is, and so is the store! Due to our own schedule, my DH had to rush me a little to get me out of the store. I arrived with a list in hand, and wanted to take my time and enjoy the whole process of being there, looking at everything, selecting what I wanted, taking photos all along the way. Our schedule demanded otherwise.
I did buy all the things on my list, but I didn’t take anywhere near as many photos as I wanted.
There were shelves that went almost to the ceiling. Everything is wonderfully organized; truly a bra-maker’s delight. Along one wall there were plastic baskets of rings, and sliders, and wires, oh my! Along the opposite wall were more shelves with laces, elastics, simply everything we need.
Just imagine shelves of laces!
Next to these were the Stretch Laces. I really could have spent a lot more time there. Well, my money would have run out eventually.
Below are just a snippet of the elastics. Right in the middle of the lower shelf that’s showing in the photo – the new Grey and to the right of it, the new Black Cherry. Oh so pretty! I heard they are going to be part of complete Finding Kits in those colors. Yay!
It was so fun, but DH was keeping me to my schedule. So a few quick photos, and it was time to seriously shop and hit the road again.
I bought everything I need for my Spring/Summer bra and panty wardrobe. That will be another post.
Oh, just look at that wonderful stash and me not at home with my sewing machine.
After we went to Bra Makers Supply, we made another quick stop: the location of the original Tim Horton’s restaurant. This may be the original site, but a new building has been put up.
This location is part restaurant – you can buy your coffee and whatever else Tim’s offers – but it’s also a museum. It was really a fun walk-through. Here are a few photos from the upstairs.
Does anyone remember these prices?
Here are the original donuts that were offered. I don’t remember any of these.
I thought this was a cute sign, so took a photo of this too. I have no desire whatsoever to be a Donut Maker, but a Bra-Maker. Yes, please!
This poster was great. I love how it tied the donuts to hockey. For all the non-Canadians reading, Tim Horton was a Canadian hockey player, who after that career, opened this chain of famously popular coffee shops, that are still very popular today.
My hubby is a Timmies fan, so this part of our stop in Hamilton was a highlight for him. With me not shopping, I had a little more opportunity to take few photos.
I can’t wait to get home and start sewing. Happy creating!